INTERIORS. CREATING LIFE CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS.
CREATING ENGAGING SPACES.
NAVIGATION This plays a critical role in both the functionality of a space and the userâ€™s experience of a space. The base of navigating through a building or space can influence a personâ€™s perception of the environment, even before they begin to use a space for its intended purpose.
We are passionate about achieving a seamless connection between interior design and the whole architectural concept. We think deeply about how interior spaces are used and create innovative design solutions. Our Interior services include space planning, detailed fixture design and the selection of furnishings. NBRSARCHITECTURE is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships, our portfolio - spanning public and private sectors - exhibits an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRSARCHITECTURE global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise.
An understanding of human scale and its consideration within each design is crucial to the feel and function of a space. Who the core users are, from infants through to adults, will help to guide the scale of a design - both the overall environment as well as individual elements within a space. Scale can then be further utilised to enhance the feel of a space - open and expansive, cosy and intimate and anywhere in between.
PRIVACY & FOCUS Different roles and tasks require varying levels of privacy and concentration. By understanding who uses the space and how each space is used, a combination of visual and acoustic design elements can be developed to suit the levels of privacy and acoustics required for each space.
INTERACTION & COLLABORATION Human interaction is important for both social and individual development. Creating formal and informal spaces for people to interact generates opportunities for people to socialise and collaborate in planned or spontaneous settings.
ADAPTABLE SPACES Adaptable spaces support the constantly changing needs of an organisation, whether it be on a day-to-day level or in a long-term capacity. Constantly developing technology has allowed people greater flexibility in the way they work and interact. Subsequently, the demand for adaptable spaces has increased to reflect the opportunities offered by new technology.
BRANDING Business branding and identity can be used to help guide the final outcome of a space. Branding can be incorporated into a design in many forms, from direct visual branding of a space through to creating a unique user experience that can be associated with a particular brand.
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY, MUSE BASSLINE, NORTH RYDE
SPACES FOR LEARNING E NGAGING SPACES T H AT PROMOT E L E A RNING FOR LIF E
INTERNATIONAL SCREEN ACADEMY, WATERLOO
INTERNATIONAL SCREEN ACADEMY The International Screen Academy, located in the Sydney Arts Hub of Waterloo offers its students a unique mix of education in both traditional acting methods and contemporary screen based broadcast media, including film and television. NBRS was engaged to create a stimulating environment where the challenge and joy of acting and production could merge to produce real opportunities beyond the academy. Detailed delivery of the design was achieved through highly specified studio environments with controlled acoustics and all the state-of-the-art lighting and connectedness for a contemporary learning environment. The studios are highly controlled environments and this is balanced with a generous sense of space, transparency, light and colour where collaboration is to be promoted.
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY - MUSE BASSLINE - STUDENT COMMONS AREA Macquarie University commissioned NBRS to convert a section of their old library into a student commons spaces. The space is titled MUSE: Macquarie University Student Experience and includes student spaces for collaborative study that bridge between formal academic spaces and breakout areas for social activity. The design philosophy, informed by extensive student consultation, emphasises the importance of connection and choice â€“ to create a space ideal for students, the students must be able to have input. Offering adaptability through flexible furniture and choice allows a sense of ownership over the environment providing a space in which students have control, making it engaging and fun. The space is also designed to allow instant connection â€“ to wifi, the university, between students and to the outside world.
DANEBANK ANGLICAN SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, HURSTVILLE
BARKER IMAGINARIUM – C BLOCK NBRS was commissioned by Barker College to repurpose two 1970’s classrooms into a state-of-theart learning environment called The Imaginarium. The Imaginarium took shape after the demolition of the heavy internal walls, opening up a large learning space with the capacity to accommodate up to 50 students. In order to maximise the natural lighting and ventilation within the classroom, the external walls were replaced with glass creating a sense of transparency and seamless flow between indoor/outdoor spaces. The new learning environment serves as a “sandpit for future learning” with agile technology including cameras, microphones, speakers and touch screens. Flexible furniture in various shapes helps to bring the space alive and allows students to arrange according to specific activities such as group work or presentations.
DANEBANK ANGLICAN SCHOOL FOR GIRLS LIBRARY ALTERATIONS NBRS was engaged by Danebank School for Girls to upgrade their existing library facilities. The design concept was to create something fresh, new and innovative for the students as the space hadn’t been renovated since the mid 1990’s. One of the central aims was to increase seating capacity from 80 to 150 students with 3 different class zones: a Junior zone, a middle school zone and a Senior zone upstairs. NBRSARCHITECTURE INTERIORS successfully transformed the library into a fresh and modern research space for the students with flexible seating, study nooks, ipad, laptop zones and breakout spaces.
TRINITY GRAMMAR JUNIOR SCHOOL, SUMMER HILL
THE IMAGINARIUM BARKER COLLEGE, HORNSBY
PLC RESEARCH CENTRE This new Research Facility for Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney developed the existing 2 storey library into a 4 storey research centre required careful design and management to ensure it met the School’s brief for a ‘State of the Art’ facility that embraced and seamlessly incorporated advanced technology and recognized changes in pedagogy, respected and enhanced its rich heritage context, enabled the existing library to remain operational for the duration of construction and created a landmark building both within and from outside the school campus.
INABURRA SCHOOL, BANGOR
The interiors are more relaxed and playful, designed as an open plan environment with strong connections within and between floors. The focus is a central void over two levels which connect the junior library at ground floor to the senior library above. The open and flexible layouts at each floor and the provision for small breakout areas reflect the distinct change in learning from the structured classroom arrangement, where students are taught, to a more relaxed social environment where students can learn. This is perfectly illustrated by the inclusion of a café at ground floor which is designed as an extension of the library space.
QUEENWOOD SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, MOSMAN
PLC MACINDOE RESEARCH CENTRE, CROYDON
SPACES TO WORK C ON T E MP OR A RY SPACES T H AT GE NE R AT E P O SI T I V E PRODUC T I V I T Y
UTS BUSINESS SCHOOL, ULTIMO
UWS – BUILDING M3
UTS BUSINESS SCHOOL OFFICE
The M3 building on the Hawkesbury Campus of UWS was originally built to act as a plant room facility for the adjacent M2 building, which was previously refurbished. The M3 building was an ideal selection for an adaptive refurbishment to accommodate smaller teaching spaces. NBRS was engaged to refurbish the building both internally and externally, bearing in mind the simple uses of the space. The building was quite dilapidated and was covered in 70 years of pipes, cables, ducts and power deficiencies, requiring major stripping down to the structure. Construction of a second floor within the structure was possible with tight height limits requiring modification of existing roof trusses on site. The end result is an adaptive re-use space with modern classrooms and small breakout areas for students.
The UTS Business School in Ultimo enjoys a new environment which balances the needs of concentration and collaboration. This was a boutique project amalgamating UTS Marketing, Communication, Alumni and External Engagement Group into a collaborative space on Level 5 of Building 5 on the Haymarket Campus. The space is designed to showcase the university’s change in style of work practice, taking UTS Business School into cutting-edge corporate style of office accommodation – providing an open, lively and flexible work environment. The mood of this renewed environment is set by vibrant and uplifting colours.
UWS, M3 BUILDING FACULTY OF NURSING, HAWKESBURY CAMPUS
SPACES TO LIVE A ES T HE T IC A L LY PL E A SING A ND F UNC T ION A L SPACES
KENT ROAD RESIDENCES, WAVERLEY
NBRSARCHITECTURE understands that the best housing is integrated with social services as well as connected to the urban fabric and the wider community. Contemporary housing solutions should be designed to provide better security and more light, common spaces, recreational amenities, facilities for support services and spaces that foster wellness. They should reach beyond their role of mere residential accommodation (housing), with a broader scope of addressing inhabitantsâ€™ holistic wellbeing (habitats). NBRS aims to provide environments that exude these principles and offer high quality design, amenity and quality of life for inhabitants.
1888 HOTEL â€“ HERITAGE ADVICE
This project involved the adaptation of a five-storey heritage-listed warehouse with office fitout into a boutique hotel. The brick and sandstone facades, internal timber structure and one of the cart ways were adapted and conserved as part of the project.
NBRSARCHITECTURE have revitalised a significant heritage warehouse into a vibrant city apartment building. Sydney Mansions, in Surry Hills, originally constructed in 1922 as part of the Mark Foys department store group, has now been converted into 110 apartments of distinctive contemporary design. In order to maximise the allowable floor space, four additional floors have been added to the top of the building. Apartments on the top two floors have been finished to meet the needs of a new style of cosmopolitan living. Retail fitout was included to complement inner city living requirements with parking
NBRS provided heritage advice to the project architect to develop an innovative design that removes intrusive elements, exposes the most significant parts of the building to public use and conserves the significant fabric with a long-term viable use.
KENT ROAD RESIDENCES, WAVERLEY
HILLSONG CITY CAMPUS, ALEXANDRIA
SPACES TO GATHER SPACES T H AT BRING PEOPL E TO GE T HE R
WILLOUGHBY UNITING CHURCH, WILLOUGHBY
WILLOUGBY UNITING CHURCH The new church and facilities at Willoughby Uniting Church provide an area for contemporary worship in a setting that expresses the church community over 130 years. NBRS designed a building that is people friendly, heritage sensitive, inspiring, clear in circulation, sensitive to the environment, and contextually pleasing, complete with a quality that will continue to contribute to the urban domain for many years. The new church building that evokes a message of progressive church worship in a welcoming friendly atmosphere, while revitalising the existing chapel for the dayto-day running of parish work.
MURRAY ART MUSEUM ALBURY [MAMA], ALBURY
MURRAY ART MUSEUM ALBURY The Murray Art Museum Albury [MAMA] is located in the heart of Alburyâ€™s Central Business District adjacent to QE2 Park, and it forms part of Alburyâ€™s Civic and Cultural Precinct. The project consisted of the refurbishment of the existing heritagelisted Art Gallery building and the adjacent Burrows House building, together with the provision of a new two-storey addition at the rear to accommodate major touring art exhibitions. NBRS worked in close collaboration with the staff and future users of the Gallery to establish their detailed requirements and to create a facility that the Albury community would embrace. A large curved Foyer links the different elements of the museum together with a design that provides a contemporary glass and metal clad addition while respecting the character of the two existing heritage buildings.
MURRAY ART MUSEUM ALBURY [MAMA], ALBURY
MURRAY ART MUSEUM ALBURY [MAMA], ALBURY
ALLOWAH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, DUNDAS
SPACES FOR WELLNESS IN V I T ING SPACES T H AT E NC OUR AGE HOLIS T IC WE L L BEING
HOSPITAL FOR SPECIALIST SURGERY, NORWEST BUSINESS PARK
ALLOWAH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL The alterations and additions to Allowah Presbyterian Children’s Hospital at Dundas have transformed an existing basic facility into a state-of-the-art hospital for children with a ‘homely’, vibrant and uplifting environment. Central to the design was the aim to de-institutionalise the building and make it as friendly for children, families and staff as possible. In particular, NBRS designed the dormitory wing as a series of brightly coloured coded rooms along an animated corridor with curved walls, with an abundance of natural light. The design also included a scheme to extend the existing building to the front and back with possibilities to become an open plan
area for communal activities. The structure at the entrance of the hospital provides undercover access and an enhanced sense of arrival to the new hospital.
HOSPITAL FOR SPECIALIST SURGERY The challenge of this particular project was to convert an existing six story purposebuilt office building into a large private hospital, while maintaining its existing character and aesthetic. The building is a large, modern, rectilinear building on a lakeside site in the centre of Norwest Business Park. The leading-edge facility incorporates 10 operating theatres inclusive of dedicated day surgery ophthalmology operating rooms, dedicated day surgery
endoscopy units and short, intermediate and major surgical operating theatres. The facilities also include specialist post-operative in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation facilities; a specially designed onsite hydrotherapy pool; specialist onsite consulting suites; specialist onsite radiology and pathology with a state-of-the-art design allowing efficient movement of patients throughout the facility.
SPACES FOR JUSTICE T R A NSFORM AT I V E E N V IRONME N TS T H AT E NC OUR AGE P O SI T I V E CH A NGE
LODDON PRISON, CASTLEMAINE
COBHAM JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTRE
LODDON CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre is the principal remand centre in NSW for juvenile males and previously accommodated 85 young people prior to the $40 million upgrade.
Located in Castlemaine, in regional Victorian, the 260 bed Restricted Minimum Security Prison is a standalone annexe to the main Loddon Medium Security Prison. The new facility includes a range of prisoner services including a visiting centre, health facility, education and program delivery spaces, recreational facilities and a large industry workshop. NBRS approached the design with the intent to create a rehabilitative, campus style facility with a focus on open space reflective of community based non-custodial facilities whilst maintaining a secure perimeter, sight lines and staff oversight of prisoners at all times. The complexity of the site placed restrictions on allowable buildable area and the design team developed several master planning options looking at building positioning whilst allowing for future development areas within the secure perimeter.
NBRS was engaged for the Architectural Documentation and Advice as part of the Design & Construct project during the construction of: 3 residential blocks (18 bedrooms per block) with attached recreational and educational facilities, teacherâ€™s building, sports fields, basketball courts, security fencing, parking and site works. In addition to providing Architectural Documentation and Advice throughout the expansion, NBRS was responsible for identifying and retaining areas of Aboriginal heritage on the site.
LODDON PRISON, CASTLEMAINE
PROJECT EXPERIENCE EDUCATIONAL – EARLY LEARNING
EDUCATIONAL – TERTIARY
CSU Early Learning Centre, Wagga Wagga CSU Early Learning Nurture Centre, Thurgoona Penrith Anglican College - Administration building & Early Learning spaces The Infants Home, Ashfield
International Screen Academy Macquarie University – MUSE bassline Student Common Area Macquarie University – E7A Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Taronga Institute of Science and Learning UTS – Faculty of Law, Quay St UWS – Building M3 Commercial AJ Gleeson Financial Planners Interface, Picton – Concept to Tender Interface, Temporary Relocation North Sydney Council UTS – Business School Office
Allowah Children’s Hospital Castle Hill Day Surgery CSU – Community Wellness Centre Docker Street Medical Suites HSS, Hospital for Specialist Surgery – Adaptive re-use of an existing commercial building
EDUCATIONAL Barker Imaginarium – C Block Cairnsfoot School Danebank Anglican School for Girls Library Alterations Knox Performing Arts Centre Meriden Tennis & Arts Centre Oran Park Public School Penrith Anglican College – Auditorium PLC – Macindoe Research Centre Queenwood Junior School Library St Andrew’s Cathedral School Learning Commons & Study Hall Tara Anglican School for Girls Library Trinity Grammar Junior School
JUSTICE Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre Loddon Correctional Facilities
COMMUNITY Epping Baptist Church Murry Museum of Modern Arts, Albury Pennant Hills Baptist Church St Stephen’s, Normanhurst Willoughby Uniting Church Residential Anderson Residence Currer House Kent Road Residences Mason House Mollymook Apartments Point Piper Pelly House Sydney Mansions Mark Foys
360° INTEGRATED TEAM. As a multi-disciplinary design practice, we are able to work as one 360° integrated team, with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Graphic Design, Sustainability, Compliance, Strategy and Research. Our ‘One Team’ approach allows the best possible design outcome to be achieved, with seamless collaboration between our range of service studios throughout the design process. The resulting designs are cohesive and considered from all angles. This consolidation of specialists also allows for increased efficiency for the client in the management of the project team.
ARCHITECTURE Our creative team of architects work to produce award winning design solutions for each unique site and condition. With a commitment to cutting-edge design and a uniquely client focused approach, we work continually at achieving an outstanding aesthetic result that meets the functional needs of the end-users. We are committed to delivering inn ovative projects of all types and scale which can only be achieved through extensive client consultation, meeting the project objectives, having sound technical expertise and competent management. Situated within a full-service firm, our team of architects is able to work closely in creative partnerships, considering all facets of a project from its earliest stages.
COMPLIANCE We provide consultancy services in BCA, Fire Safety and Access. Strategic advice is provided throughout the design process, with a focus on the seamless integration of design and functionality, to provide a complete package that meets the needs of the users and stands the test of time.
Our heritage studio has specialist expertise in providing conservation and heritage planning advice, in addition to adaptivereuse design. We have experience in the identification and management of built heritage items of all types and periods and in design documentation and project administration of projects for both government and private sectors.
Landscape Architecture is an amalgam of art and science. As designers, Landscape Architects are required to be careful interpreters of the natural and cultural conditions of a site. Our Landscape Studio seeks to create attractive, meaningful, usable, connected and equitable spaces that embody sustainable design principles. Places that bring joy to users, and connections between and to the landscape.
INTERIORS Our Interiors Studio is passionate about achieving a seamless connection between interior design and the whole architectural concept. We think deeply about how interior spaces are used and create innovative design solutions. Our Interior services include space planning, detailed fixture design and the selection of furnishings.
ENVIRONMENTAL We are continually improving strategies for the implementation of ESD principles into all aspects of the design processes, designing buildings to maximise efficiency with the use the latest technologies and concepts.
URBAN DESIGN Our cross-disciplinary team is well equipped to design urban spaces. Paying careful attention to positive and negative spaces in the urban landscape and the juxtaposition of built form and open space. Our experience has provided an understanding high volume pedestrian and vehicular movement.
RESEARCH We engage in research to ensure the relevance of the spaces we design. We have authored several publications & hosted conferences in a wide array of sectors including education, health, worship, community spaces, the workplace and affordable habitats.
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